Tagged: private option

An Open Letter To the House of Representatives (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Today thousands of working Arkansans will need medical care they cannot afford. Today you can assure them at least one more year of health insurance.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn Attacks Red Ink With Balanced Budget Plan

by Mark Friedman 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences had an operating loss of $27.8 million in the first six months of its current fiscal year, a dramatic downturn from an $8.5 million operating gain during the same period a year earlier.

All Eyes On Arkansas (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Over the past few months, the eyes of a nation trying to work with the reality of the Affordable Care Act have been trained on Arkansas, where bipartisanship aimed at doing the best for Arkansas' working poor while controlling the growth of government had struck upon a novel solution called the “private option.”

Who Will Say No to Private Option? (Feedback)

by Gloria Gordon 2/10/2014 12:00 am

During the last session, key Republican legislators put aside their dislike of Obamacare to craft a unique way to accept federal dollars to provide health insurance to Arkansans who desperately need it: the “private option.” Thank you, Sens. Sanders, Dismang and Burris. Thank you, Rep. Murdock and others who worked behind the scenes to make Arkansas a health care innovations model for the nation.

The Haves & Have-Nots (Feedback)

by Randy Oates 2/10/2014 12:00 am

It is most disappointing, as the middle class declines and the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” widens, that there are still elected officials who believe “it is not the government's role to provide for able-bodied people.”

Davy Carter Expects Private Option Funding Will Be Approved

by Mark Friedman 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Davy Carter, speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, said he thinks legislators will hold their noses and vote to continue funding the “private option” Medicaid expansion during the fiscal session that begins Feb. 10.

In the Meantime, Sen. Hester … (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/27/2014 12:00 am

The private option provides a long-overdue lifeline to working people who have not managed to break into the middle class. Now our state is on the cusp of taking a giant step backward, taking away the private insurance that just began to provide a modicum of security for people living on the edge.

The Butterfly Effect (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business supports the so-called private option, the mechanism that extends health care coverage to thousands of Arkansans.